Down These Mean Streets: Raymond Chandler’s L.A.
Mar29

Down These Mean Streets: Raymond Chandler’s L.A.

by Chris Dickerson   Certain cities belong to a few writers. They may not own the towns exclusively, but they’ve put their stamp on them so indelibly in their books and stories that anybody who writes about the places after them can’t help but live in their shadow. Dashiell Hammett long ago claimed San Francisco. Those chilly, fog-wreathed sidewalks where Sam Spade pursues the elusive Maltese Falcon reek of Prohibition Era...

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Competition Time
Mar29

Competition Time

To celebrate crossing a small milestone (900 followers) we are giving away copies of our two most recent publications: Larry Beckett’s Beat Poetry and David S. Wills’ Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’. To be entered for a chance to win, please go to the Beatdom Facebook page, and like our most recent status update. After 48 hrs, a random winner will be chosen. Good luck! Edit:...

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Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation
Mar26

Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation

We recently passed a watershed moment in modern American literature, as November, 2012, marked sixty years since John Clellon Holmes introduced the term “Beat Generation” in the New York Times Magazine. To many, this is the sum of all Holmes is known for. His seminal Beat novel Go, also published sixty years ago (five years ahead of Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road), still remains in the shadow of Kerouac’s first book about...

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Weehawkenist Spring Ling
Mar25

Weehawkenist Spring Ling

  Spring I hope for Giggling Ling[1] a bright and green young strident thing Ling and I shall ping pong ping bebop Rhythm-a-ning bing and dream eternal heavenly spring ding, ding…ding a ling… swing dissonance ping wing[2] Trinkle Tinkle, tinkle trinkle, winkin’, blinkin’, periwinkle Do you know the Weehawkenist story of Nica butterfly jazz baronessa and Monk Sphere Thelonioso? ‘Round Midnight, round, spin-a-round cats, cats,...

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Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ Out Now
Mar18

Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ Out Now

David S. Wills’ ground-breaking text, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ is now available on Amazon as both a paperback and a Kindle ebook. It will soon be available through the Beatdom Books website.   While you’re waiting for your copy to arrive, take a look at some of the essays David has written on the topic of Burroughs and his Scientology infatuation: The Weird Cult: How...

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The Voice is All: Joyce Johnson Talks about Her Latest Book
Mar15

The Voice is All: Joyce Johnson Talks about Her Latest Book

Joyce Johnson’s role in Beat history is too often viewed simply as that of Jack Kerouac’s girlfriend. There is surprise when one first learns that she was a novelist in her own right and at the disdain for her position as a scholar of the Beat Generation. She is derided as “milking” her brief relationship with Kerouac. The irony is that her book, Minor Characters, brought to light some of the experiences of the women of the Beat...

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The Great Breakthrough
Mar15

The Great Breakthrough

“He made an effort to hold down a regular job, but he was a terrible employee and didn’t seem to be suited for anything practical…” I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg by Bill Morgan I once had an extraordinary job, extraordinary in that little to nothing was expected of me and the job stayed that way for five years. Later it changed slightly, and then continued for another three years. I was the...

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Meeting of the Dharma Bums at Piper’s Bar

Jack came back at Piper’s Bar He was doing snuff with Chuck And laughing at me “I’m always here, man. I’m the other half of your heartbeat. I need you to keep me alive.” I cursed and I swore That I thought that I didn’t need Jack no more But he came down from Oregon To put me back upon my rails “You know how old I was when I died?” He asked Placing a hand upon my shoulder I nodded, “Two years older than I am...

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